Skip to main content
You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
Jesse Jackson advises Trump opponents that staying home Saturday is a 'form of protest, too'

Jesse Jackson advises Trump opponents that staying home Saturday is a 'form of protest, too'

  • Updated
  • 0

Stay away, was the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s advice Wednesday to people opposed to President Donald Trump’s rally at the BOK Center on Saturday.

“Stay at home, really,” he told the Tulsa World by telephone. “That’s a form of protest, too.

“Please don’t come. (Large crowds) have a multiplier effect on this pandemic.”

Jackson’s warning came as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading epidemiologist, added his voice to those of medical experts warning that the rally could spread COVID-19 far and wide.

Jackson said he is concerned about the potential health risk of large crowds of Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters, but that attempts will be made to provoke confrontation.

“We think Trump is trying to incite a riot for diversion,” Jackson said. “We must preach nonviolent discipline as never before.

“We must not succumb to temptation,” he said. “Let him have his party. If we do go, take one knee and pray. This is not a time to get into a (physical confrontation). Verbal, either.”

Jackson said the country faces multiple crises, including COVID-19 and growing unrest about the deaths of black men at the hands of white law officers.

“This is a very dangerous period,” he said.

Jackson suggested Trump sees turmoil as beneficial to his reelection chances and said those opposed to Trump should not take the bait.

“Violence would not be smart,” he said. “Violence is diversionary. It’s divisive. There is no healing in violence.”

The Trump campaign said public health measures will be taken at the rally, but it is requiring attendees to sign liability waivers for COVID-19.

Mayor G.T. Bynum on Wednesday during a daily briefing on COVID-19 in Tulsa said he would be on hand to greet Trump at Tulsa International Airport when he arrives but that he would not be attending the rally.

Bynum said he would be spending time Saturday with Tulsa police officers, who he said have done an “extraordinary job” throughout the pandemic.

The Trump campaign said as many as a million tickets have been requested, although it appears some percentage of those requests were filed by anti-Trump forces hoping to discourage Trump supporters from attending.

Observers say it’s likely all they succeeded in doing was giving Trump’s campaign hundreds of thousands of cellphone numbers and email addresses for fundraising solicitations.

Featured video

A history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Gallery: Tulsa Race Massacre ... This is what happened in Tulsa in 1921

Randy Krehbiel



Twitter: @rkrehbiel

Concerned about COVID-19?

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

  • Updated

Development proposals making their way through the city’s approval process call for turning the Crowne Plaza Tulsa-Southern Hills near 81st Street and Lewis Avenue and the Wyndham Hotel at 41st Street and Garnett Avenue into mixed-use developments that would include a market rate and affordable housing with a priority on seniors and veterans.

  • Updated

Dr. Cliff Robertson, currently chief executive officer of CHI Health in Omaha, Nebraska, will take over July 1, succeeding Jake Henry Jr., who is retiring after two decades at the helm.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


Breaking News